Help Chronic Eye Disease with Vitamins?

Help Chronic Eye Disease with Vitamins?

Help Chronic Eye Disease with Vitamins?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts are increasing exponentially as the proportion of elderly (read Baby Boomers) continues to rise. The study shows that a multi vitamin/mineral supplement containing vitamin C, vitamin E, ß-carotene, and zinc with cupric oxide (ocular nutrition) is recommended for AMD but not cataract.

Results of the observational studies suggest that a healthy lifestyle with a diet containing foods rich in antioxidants, particularly lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as n–3 fatty acids, appears beneficial for AMD and possibly cataract. The AREDS II is evaluating some of these additional nutrients as dietary supplements in randomized trials.1

There have been several studies on certain carotenoids that protect the retina from oxidative damage. There is another antioxidant that I’ll be writing on soon that is one the most effective in nature. It is said to be numerous times more effective than beta carotine and Vitamin E, now that sounds like some powerful ocular nutrition.

1 From the Abstract of Johanna M Seddon Jan 2007 From the Epidemiology Unit, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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